In the NHL, brutality is in the eye of the beholder.

Blackhawks coaches and players were seething in the aftermath of Raffi Torres' check of Marian Hossa that sent Hossa off the ice on a stretcher in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night. But Coyotes coach Dave Tippett and his players were wondering what all the fuss was about.

''Accidents happen,'' said Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker.

''It's a high-paced contact sport,'' Coyotes veteran Ray Whitney explained. ''If you don't want to get hit and you don't want to get hurt, there are other sports you can play. We certainly don't want the best players in the league getting injured. That's not the intent. But there's a certain way you have to play in the playoffs, and finishing your checks is one of them. Nobody said winning a Stanley Cup was going to be easy.''